Bark is essential for tree health, encasing a tree’s branches and trunk like a protective skin. Tree bark stores water and also work to protect the tree’s vital living systems from situational and environmental hazards like storms, insects, diseases, temperature extremes, storms, and attacks by animals.
Some trees even have grown extra thick bark which can shield them from the results of brush fires. Bark also helps trees deliver nutrients and water. They can’t live without it.
A tree’s inner layer of bark, the phloem, carries sugars made during photosynthesis in the leaves to the other tree parts. Phloem varies from tree to tree.
The phloem on the inner side of the bark is divided from the outer living layer of the wood by a layer called cambium. It transfers water and dissolved nutrients from the roots of the tree to the leaves and makes a new layer of wood each year. This layer creates new xylem and phloem cells to replenish the ones that die.
The outer bark (epidermis) safeguards all the inner layers of tree bark from damages. The outer tree bark is renewed continuously from within. When living phloem cells get worn, they convert to being a part of the dead outer bark. As trees flourish, the thickness of the trunk expands which causes the unique cracks visible in most tree types.
The outer bark is nasty and indigestible which means that this part of tree bark has grown to dissuade animals and insects from eating it. However, some critters come to know that the inner tree bark is nutritious and sweet, finding a way to get past the outer bark.
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